Grow up, leave home, stop composting
Many of us grew up composting and fell out of the habit when we left home, thinking we needed yard space to so it. That’s more or less what I thought. In any situation where I had enough yard space I would dutifully go get a large black bin and give it a whirl, only to be knocked back by a landlord who just didn’t get it. Sound familiar?
In moving to Sydney, a yard was not in the cards. My two biggest barriers to composting were:
- finding a solution for composting or food scrap collection in an apartment with extremely limited outdoor space, and
- finding a place to drop off my scraps after collecting them.
The good news is that composting can be done in a variety of ways, including, but not limited to, traditional outdoor heap stye, worm farms, Khamba and Bokashi. I had done Bokashi for a few years back in Vancouver, so that was a natural choice. It’s ultra convenient, can be stored indoors, takes a wide variety of food and organic scraps and doesn’t smell. If I can do it, anyone can do it. More recently I got a worm farm.
The next issue was where to take the bin contents, which I’ve also been able to solve. Over the past few years, I’ve shared quite a bit on this blog about how I’ve been able to compost in an apartment without yard space or my own bin style compost. If you’re keen to start composting, but don’t know where to start or what will work, have a read through some of my previous posts that I’ve linked to below. Bokashi is an excellent system for beginners. If you choose a worm farm instead of, or as well as, Bokashi, they aren’t difficult to manage either.
Here’s a collection of my Bokashi & worm farming, and composting posts:
- Have a read of the Bokashi method overview and how-to, including the equipment I use.
- Learn what to put in your Bokashi bin.
- See a before and after of Bokashi bin contents I buried in a garden bed.
- You can feed Bokashi bin contents to worms in a vermiculture compost too.
- If you’re in Sydney, Australia, join the compost exchange group on Facebook to find a place to give away your food scraps. (Or if you’re a gardener, to offer access to your compost bin).
- If you’re curious, here’s why I started the compost exchange.
- Getting started with worm farming.
- How my worms are doing after the first three months.